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Routt Republican chair seeking state House seat

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colorado – The Routt County Republican chairman says he wants to bring business acumen to the state Legislature, and that’s why is running for Colorado’s House of Representatives.

Chuck McConnell announced Friday that he’s throwing his hat in the ring for the newly established Colorado State House of Representatives District 26, covering Eagle and Routt counties.

McConnell lives in Steamboat Springs and is chairman of the Routt County Republicans.

“The work to regain economic strength begins with adding more private sector jobs,” McConnell said in his announcement. “Jobs are created by small companies when they are allowed to thrive in a free-market environment. This is an environment with reasonable regulations and an efficient government.”

McConnell is a chemical engineer with a business background. He said he has held top management positions with profit-and-loss responsibilities for a resource company as well as an operating partnership in a successful small business.

“I understand how business works and what it takes to get us moving in the right direction,” he said. “I believe Colorado can recapture its economic vitality and help lead America out of the current economic malaise – an economy which has placed severe stress on too many Coloradans. I can make a positive difference for people living in the West Slope of Colorado, and will work hard to create a job friendly business climate.”

McConnell is retired and pledged to work full time as a state representative.

He said education and energy were among his priorities. Economic growth can be accomplished while protecting Colorado’s water, lands and natural beauty, he said.

“I understand that having a high quality education system is the cornerstone of our future economy, an economy that will demand ever increasing knowledge and skills,” McConnell said. “I also see the need for well designed and balanced energy plan; one that makes the most of our state’s energy resources in the near term, while recognizing the future important roll of our renewable energy resources.”

“I believe my technical and leadership experience makes me uniquely qualified to represent the people of Routt and Eagle counties in Colorado District 26,” he said.

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